Group 1 Update from Minyoung:
Today's weather was not really good and was raining in the morning, however luckily we could still do canyoning! We wore a wet suit and few other waterproof layers to be prepared for the canyoning. We hiked up about 5 minutes after a short drive from the base to get to the start point. The water was freezing cold but the excitement made us forget the cold. We jumped down to the water from the rock, slid down the rock by following the current and rappelled down rocks. It was amazing and fun, it will be a memory that will never be forgotten. Then we moved to Lucern. Today’s hostel was a place operated as a prison until 1998, which means we are sleeping at a place where criminals in the past had spent their time.
(We couldn’t take any picture of us doing canyoning because before and after the canyoning was too busy with the canyoning gears and we could not take any belongings while canyoning. But we bought the video taken by a guide during the canyoning and it will be sent by our email in about 2 weeks so that we could share it with our parents later.)
Group 2 Update from Luca:
After having arrived at our lovely mountain hut yesterday, we were greeted by a Nepalese mountain guide who would be our chef and caretaker for our stay. The hut offered some stunning postcard like views of the surrounding areas. The hike up to the hut was physically demanding however we maintained a high team spirit and kept going until we reached the top. In the evening we all enjoyed some hot chocolate and shared our thoughts and opinions of the trip so far.
The next morning we hiked back down to the Sulwald cable car station which brought us back down to the bigger village. From there we caught a train to Bern where our group split and did various sightseeing activities, followed by a reflection session and some dinner. Tomorrow is our last day together as a group and we plan to sightsee untill about lunch time, then we will head back to the NAE camp at Les Plans Village.
Group 3 Update from Jeremy:
Today saw the furthest (and priciest) journey we've taken from our home base in Lausanne. It was very much a change in scenery; a transition from the French speaking region around Geneva to the German speaking region of Bern. There, we visited the Bern History museum, which included within it a special exhibition on the life of Albert Einstein. Also found within were numerous artifacts from various ages of European history, beginning in the stone age and ending in the modern. Of particular interest were the collections of Persian artifacts, one of Mozart's pianos, and a set of statues featuring the 12 apostles.
The afternoon was spent wandering the area around the granary forum, a historical gathering place for the citizens of Bern. Located there was also Einstein's apartment in Bern, where he stayed for a large portion of his early career. Indeed, his time as a patent officer in Bern would see some of his most famous work, such as the equation: E=mc2. Although small, it was packed full of details, granting us a new insight into the life of science's most famous mind.
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Updates from 8 October